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Non-Traditional Love Story for #StaD May Day Twenty-Seven

Hello there, and welcome to my Story a Day May “Show My Work” post! This is where I give you a sneak peek into how I’m creating two (very short, and very different) stories, every day this May. Yep, that’s right; less than 24 hours from my first reading of the prompt to a committed story, even if I’m not quite that fast at posting them!

Ready to read?

Well then, what are we waiting for?

Story A Day May 27’s prompt is from StoryADay creator Julie Duffy .

The Prompt:

  • Write A Non-Traditional Love Story.

Main Project Premise:

  • Ophelia feels like a third wheel in her own home, an outsider in the love affair between Marilyn and her escape from reality.

Fleshing Out the Premise:

  • Marilyn and her lover have gotten to the point where they will fuck each other anywhere, anytime – and it doesn’t matter if she’s there, or what she says. Her tiny little studio apartment has become Marilyn’s personal love shack, and she’ll shoot, snort, smoke, or pop anything, or fuck anyone, who promises her a chance to escape reality. Standing on the outside, where life used to be sane, Ophelia feels useless, trapped, and demoralized by her sister’s behavior.

My Favorite Bit of Third Wheel:

But Ophelia’s often heard her sister sobbing in the night, and she was able to read some of Marilyn’s scribbled messages.

Side Project Premise:

Standard disclaimer. I don’t own them, I don’t profit from them, but they insist on telling me their stories, so I’m sharing them with you.

  • Ambassador Soval considers a most unlikely, and much-anticipated potential pairbonding.

Fleshing Out the Premise:

  • Soval considers what he’s done, and the potential consequences – he could be strongly censured, even face legal repercussions, for his actions on behalf of his kindaughter and her human intended. Moreover, there is no promise that the nascent connection shared by T’Pol and Lieutenant Charles Tucker the Third will evolve into a successful pairbond. Perhaps the logic in this instance lies more in providing favorable conditions for the possibility, and nothing more – but there is also the benefit to be derived from T’Pol’s instinctive need to learn more of her Intended’s people, coupled with the daring of the infant who had touched the flame.

Prompt Words from my local NaNoWriMo group list:

  • incandescent

  • automatic

  • record

  • spy

  • riddle

  • scene

  • legal

  • walk

  • future

  • trap

  • authority

  • receptive

  • symptomatic

  • impartial

  • resonant

  • promise

  • theory

  • confused

  • mix

  • vanish

  • subdued

  • married

Favorite Bit from What if She Refused?

    Swear you’re not a spy.”

    To see the drabbles in sequence, as they post, visit my fanfiction.net page!

    And, if you’d like to learn more about Julie Duffy and Story A Day May,  click the links and learn away!

    Posted in Fan fiction, Kifo Island Chroincles, Short Stories, Star Trek: Enterprise, Story a Day, The IDIC Romance, writing, writing prompts, Writing Sample

    Letters for #StaD May Day Twenty-Six

    Hello there, and welcome to my Story a Day May “Show My Work” post! This is where I give you a sneak peek into how I’m creating two (very short, and very different) stories, every day this May. Yep, that’s right; less than 24 hours from my first reading of the prompt to a committed story, even if I’m not quite that fast at posting them!

    Ready to read?

    Well then, what are we waiting for?
     

    Story A Day May 26’s prompt is from StoryADay creator Julie Duffy.

    The Prompt:

    • Write a story in the form of a series of letters.

    Main Project Premise:
     

    • Marilyn writes letters in her head.

    Fleshing Out the Premise:

    • Sometimes, when she’s on the nod, Marilyn writes amazing letters – but that’s no time to try to hold a pen or write anything. So she composes them in her head, and releases them with her dreams.

    My Favorite Bit of Lousy Mother

    Dear Mom,

    It’s almost a joke to call you that. You’ve never been a mother to me, at least, not as far back as I can remember. Want to know something funny? I mean, snort-milk-out-your-nose-while-eating-freshly-baked-chocolate-chip-cookies funny?

    Side Project Premise:

    Standard disclaimer. I don’t own them, I don’t profit from them, but they insist on telling me their stories, so I’m sharing them with you.

    • T’Pol considers a letter left unfinished, and the consequences of various potential endings.

    Fleshing Out the Premise:

    • T’Pol considers the letter from Soval – is there some message contained within it? – and her own unfinished letter to him. There are potential consequences to all potential endings, for herself, and possibly for her human distraction – but by what logic can she explain this certainty?

    Word List:

    Fallon:

    • slumberous

    kitndavj :

    • Manifold

    • Conical

    • Vacuum

    • Antidote

    • Kaleidescope

    • Strange

    • Serenity

    • Intercede

    • illicit

    • Succession

    • degradation

    • forbidden

    • recommend

    Favorite Bit from The Letter, Unfinished: 

    Slumberous serenity eluded her. The letter, unfinished, still waited. Logically, she must intercede. Her illicit acts had caused a degradation of his circumstances. Actions don’t occur in vacuum; a succession of consequences evolved from her forbidden presence in his life; a conical progression of manifold possibilities. From his mind, a strange image: a kaleidoscope of potential.
     

    To see the drabbles in sequence, as they post, visit my fanfiction.net page! 

    And, if you’d like to learn more about Julie Duffy  and Story A Day May, click the links and learn away!

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    Prose Sonnet for #StaD May Day Twenty-Five

    Hello there, and welcome to my Story a Day May “Show My Work” post! This is where I give you a sneak peek into how I’m creating two (very short, and very different) stories, every day this May. Yep, that’s right; less than 24 hours from my first reading of the prompt to a committed story, even if I’m not quite that fast at posting them!

    Ready to read?

    Well then, what are we waiting for?

    Story A Day May 25’s prompt is from StoryADay creator Julie Duffy.

    • Write a prose sonnet: a story 14 sentences long.

    Main Project Premise:

    • Ophelia tries to resolve her misgivings through poetry.

    Fleshing Out the Premise:

    • She’s got a long list of cons, and only one pro. That’s not an equation that can be balanced, because Marilyn’s need isn’t equivalent to her comfort. She needs to go deeper into herself, and maybe find some kind of peace – because she knows she’s going to stay.

    I Have to Stay

    I need somehow to find a way

    To come to acceptance within

    with the fact I’m going to stay

    Here, with my sister Marilyn.

    This is by far the hardest thing

    I’ve ever even tried to do.
    I just came for a summer fling.

    A chance to see someplace new.

    How was supposed I to suspect

    the sister who seemed so happy

    was the victim of parental neglect

    or how deeply she hates me?

    I’m not ready for this in any way –

    But I’m all she has, I have to stay.

    Side Project Premise:

    Standard disclaimer. I don’t own them, I don’t profit from them, but they insist on telling me their stories, so I’m sharing them with you.

    • Trip’s future hangs in the balance – where will he be spending the next years of his life?

    Fleshing Out the Premise:

    • Trip spends some time talking with Lizzie, his prospects uncertain and crushing him with the question of whether he’s going to be on that beautiful little Warp Five ship named Enterprise, or not – and then there is a call from Starfleet Command…and it brings an answer.

    Word List:

    kitndavj

    • Boot (Aussie for Trunk of car)

    • Bumper Bar

    • Duvee

    • Stretch Marks

    • Moisturiser

    • Cheesecake

    • Gherkin

    • Papiermache

    • 6ft of garden hose

    • Dungeon

    • Slime

    • the most comfortably fitting bra I have ever owned

    Favorite Bit of “Don’t Point Your Gherkin” 

    “Don’t point your gherkin at me, Lizzie.”

    “Answer the comm.”

    To see the drabbles in sequence, as they post, visit my fanfiction.net page! 

    And, if you’d like to learn more about Julie Duffy and Story A Day May, click the links and learn away!

    Posted in Challenges and Contests, Flash Fiction Pieces, Story a Day May Challenge, Writers' Resources, Writing in Freedom, Writing Samples

    Third Wheel: #StoryADay May; Day Twenty-Seven

    The Prompt:

    • Write A Non-Traditional Love Story.

    • This story is the twenty-seventh in a series of explorations for my upcoming novel, Still Nameless (Kifo Island #8), which I will be drafting in July.

    • Fair Warning: Sexual/Drug References; NSFW or younger kids.

    Third Wheel

    Ophelia doesn’t even have to open the door to know what’s happening on the other side of it. The sounds leaking and slithering out through the cracks make it clear.

    Marilyn is fucking someone (or, more likely, someones).

    In Ophelia’s tiny studio apartment.

    Again.

    Ophelia sighs and turns around, even though she’s exhausted, and she knows neither Marilyn or the person or persons she’s fucking will care if she goes inside. They might not even notice she’s there, honestly, because Marilyn never fucks anyone unless there’s a fix of something other involved. It might be anything; there doesn’t seem to be anything that can be shot up, swallowed, smoked, or snorted that Marilyn won’t take.

    At least three voices – two female, and one male, moaned out through the door behind her. So it’s a threesome, or an orgy, maybe.

    She doesn’t want to know.

    Besides, it’s never about who or how many people Marilyn screws on Ophelia’s bed or floor – or once, the whole damned bathroom, which they flooded before they were done. Because Marilyn will fuck anyone, anywhere, anytime – but none of her lovers are actually her loves.

    She can pretend all she wants, and maybe those men even believe her…

    But it’s not them she loves. There doesn’t seem to be a single person she does love – no, not even her own baby. Ophelia’s been the third wheel in her own apartment enough to have no more illusions about that.

    Marilyn has a lover, of course, and a love. But it’s not the one any of these tools of hers suspect. Probably, if they can see through her, they think it’s the drugs she wants –

    But Ophelia’s often heard her sister sobbing in the night, and she was able to read some of Marilyn’s scribbled messages.

    What her half-sister yearns for – the love of her life – is a fantasy where she’d lived a life where her parents truly loved her.

    Is Ophelia right about what Marilyn most longs for?

    Will Marilyn ever heal from that damage?

    What will Ophelia do next?

    Any guesses?

    Come back tomorrow for another installment, and we can explore this new story seed together!

    Posted in Challenges and Contests, Enterprise fan fiction, Flash Fiction Pieces, Just for Fun!, Story a Day May Challenge, Writers' Resources, Writing in Freedom, Writing Samples

    What if She Refused? #StoryADay May; Day Twenty-Seven

    The Prompt:

    • Write A Non-Traditional Love Story.

    Standard disclaimer. I don’t own them, I don’t profit from them, but they insist on telling me their stories, so I’m sharing them with you.

    Word List:

    Prompt Words from my local NaNoWriMo group list:

    • incandescent

    • automatic

    • record

    • spy

    • riddle

    • scene

    • legal

    • walk

    • future

    • trap

    • authority

    • receptive

    • symptomatic

    • impartial

    • resonant

    • promise

    • theory

    • confused

    • mix

    • vanish

    • subdued

    • married

    What if She Refused?

    Soval studied the record of the legal proceedings, under authority of Maxwell Forrest. His friend had been receptive, though confused at the riddle. He’d thought Soval impartial.

    “Swear you’re not a spy.”

    A sound theory, symptomatic of Terran thought patterns.

    Soval recalled the scene, the assailants subdued, chastened. The trap he’d sensed.

    T’Pol had vanished, safe. She’d returned, followed by a human male, her Awakening incandescent, resonant with promise. She had dared to mix with humans, to walk from the Consulate into an uncertain future. She was to be married; it was automatic, prearranged.

    But what if she refused custom?

    Does Soval approve of T’Pol Awakening to a human?

    What does it mean, to be Awakened?
    What would happen if T’Pol refused to marry as arranged?

    Any guesses?

    Come back tomorrow for another 100 word installment, or visit the  fanfiction.net series link! 

    Posted in Challenges and Contests, Flash Fiction Pieces, Parenting, Story a Day May Challenge, Writers' Resources, Writing in Freedom, Writing Samples

    Lousy Mother: #StoryADay May; Day Twenty-Six

    The Prompt:

    • Write a story in the form of a series of letters.

    • Fair Warning: Adult Themes and Language; NSFW.

    Lousy Mother

    Dear Mom,

    It’s almost a joke to call you that. You’ve never been a mother to me, at least, not as far back as I can remember. Want to know something funny? I mean, snort-milk-out-your-nose-while-eating-freshly-baked-chocolate-chip-cookies funny?

    You ditched me because Dad went and fucked “some little island tramp” and made another kid. Yeah, I know – you put a roof over my head and fed me and made sure I had clothes to wear – but that doesn’t mean you didn’t ditch me, in all the ways that count. All the ways a little girl needs her mother, if she’s going to grow up to be any kind of person worth knowing.

    You ditched me, and I’m not worth knowing. I don’t even want to know myself, so I make damned sure I won’t ever have to….but that’s not what’s funny, either.

    What’s so funny is that that kid Dad made in Hawaii – she’s more of a mother to me than you ever were. She’s barely sixteen, and she isn’t ready for any of this – I can see it in her eyes when I take the time to look. She’s shocked.

    I mistreat her. I want to. For everything she’s ever taken from me, even though I know that’s a lie. She didn’t take anything away from me – it’s not her fault she got conceived, is it? Even I know that. I can’t put enough poison into my body, can’t ever get high enough, to forget that. She’s just the result – and it sounds like it really wasn’t her mother’s fault, either. She got charmed, just like you did. Only, her mother was a kid, younger than me, and she didn’t know any better. You were thirty when you had me, Mom – what the hell is your excuse?

    Ophelia – that’s her name – she’s sweet. Kind. Smart. Patient. She cleans my puke and puts up with all the shit I give her, and she still tries to help.

    I’m going to have a kid. I’m a lousy mother, already. Made it so my little girl doesn’t even have a brain. But maybe that’s a good thing; without a brain, she’ll never live long enough to know what a lousy mother the kid of a lousy mother can be…

    Strange that her name is Ophelia, and I’m the one who’s bat-crap crazy…

    With all my hatred,

    Marilyn

    Why is Marilyn writing her mother?

    Will she write more?

    What will they say, if she does?

    Any guesses?

    Come back tomorrow for another installment, and we can explore this new story seed together!

    Posted in Challenges and Contests, Enterprise fan fiction, Flash Fiction Pieces, Story a Day May Challenge, Writers' Resources, Writing in Freedom, Writing Samples

    The Letter, Unfinished: #StoryADay May; Day Twenty-Six

     

    The Prompt:

    • Write a story in the form of a series of letters.

    Standard disclaimer. I don’t own them, I don’t profit from them, but they insist on telling me their stories, so I’m sharing them with you.

    Word List:

    Fallon:

    • slumberous

    kitndavj :

    • Manifold

    • Conical

    • Vacuum

    • Antidote

    • Kaleidescope

    • Strange

    • Serenity

    • Intercede

    • illicit

    • Succession

    • degradation

    • forbidden

    • recommend

    The Letter, Unfinished:

    “Ambassador Soval, I recommend -”

    Slumberous serenity eluded her. The letter, unfinished, still waited. Logically, she must intercede. Her illicit acts had caused a degradation of his circumstances. Actions don’t occur in vacuum; a succession of consequences evolved from her forbidden presence in his life; a conical progression of manifold possibilities. From his mind, a strange image: a kaleidoscope of potential.

    Her actions had jeopardized his freedom and his honor. Logically, she must attempt to resolve the misapprehension. Honesty was the antidote to his difficulties.

    And yet, T’Pol stared at the unfinished letter. How could she logically explain her illogical acts?

    What will T’Pol do?

    Will her actions help Trip?

    What consequences might she face?

    Any guesses?

    Come back tomorrow for another 100 word installment, or visit the brand-new fanfiction.net series link!